A medical weight loss plan is more than just an eating regimen. You also need to work to change your body composition, so that you can boost your resting metabolism. Adding more lean muscle to your frame means your metabolism will increase, even when resting, so that you can keep the weight off once you’ve lost it.
Here are four things you need in order to build more muscle tissue.
A strength training regimen. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that a strength training regimen is key to building your muscles. Do remember that we should schedule an appointment first to discuss your goals, so that we can screen you for underlying health conditions that could make exercise difficult for you. But once you’ve received the all-clear signal, engaging in 3 strength training sessions per week, for at least 30 minutes each time, will help you achieve your goals.
Eat the right amount of protein at the right time. At your appointment, we will also discuss a target amount of protein that you should include in your diet every day. Try to obtain most of your protein from lean meats, seafood, eggs, dairy, or the appropriate vegan sources. Relying on protein shakes and supplements can make for a boring diet that might not satisfy you in the long run. You also need to consume protein throughout the day, rather than all at once, so that it can all be absorbed and used properly.
Eat healthy carbs. Yes, you do need to eat some carbohydrates. Carbs from healthy sources (rather than junk food) will give you energy to fuel your workouts. We will discuss the appropriate amounts and types of carbs at your medical weight loss appointment.
Drink enough water. Like the rest of your body, muscles are 70 percent water! So make sure you’re drinking enough to keep them healthy, and to replace fluids lost through exercise.
Remember, we should discuss your plans before you get started with exercise or a medical weight loss plan. Call us to schedule an appointment, and we’ll help you lose weight the safe, effective, and scientifically sound way.